Watch out Sooners, watch out Longhorns, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are bringing someone new to the party this season and it is not Boone Pickens. It is new defensive coordinator Bill Young and what looks like a formidable defense.
The defense has been the Achilles' heel for many Big 12 schools and has stopped many schools from turning the corner to becoming great. Texas Tech, Missouri, and Oklahoma State have had top class offenses, but have been stuck as second-class citizens due to defenses that couldn't stop the Pop Warner all-stars on fourth and one.
However, in a game that was supposed to be a Big 12 high-powered offense versus a stingy SEC defense, Oklahoma State did something no one expected, outplayed the Georgia Bulldogs on defense.
Georgia's defense definitely threw a wrench in Mike Gundy's offensive plans. They kept the Cowboys out of sync on offense, especially early, but that was expected. What was not expected was that Oklahoma State would only need eleven points to win the game. A team that gave up an average of approximately 30 points a game last year held one of the best teams they will face all year to ten.
The talk of the offseason was the Cowboys would be this year's Texas Tech, but they may have something that Tech has not ever had as a member of the Big 12, a defense.
Bill Young is no stranger to the Big 12 offenses or the BCS, leading the Kansas Jayhawks' team to a 2008 Orange Bowl win with strong defense throughout the season.
Now he has something he did not during his time at Kansas, a prolific offense. Seeing how he is not only an alum of Oklahoma State, but also left a big time job and school in Miami to return home to Stillwater, he may stay awhile.
It is no secret that OSU has a booster that makes them financially competitive with any of the teams in the Big 12. The new facilities are already paying big dividends in recruiting as some services show them having a top ten recruiting class maybe for the first-time ever. All that, however, is useless without a great defense and while they probably aren't good enough to compete for a Big 12 title yet, if they can keep Young, they will be soon.
Trust me, Texas and Oklahoma took note of the way they played defense against a good SEC team and no one wants to change places with Texas who has to go to Stillwater on Halloween.
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